Cambodia and Japan Sign Agreement for $9.7 Million Satellite Navigation Project

Phnom Penh – The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MoEF) of Cambodia and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have formalized a significant agreement for the establishment of a nationwide Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) Network. The project, valued at approximately US$9.7 million (JPY1,338 million), marks a major advancement in Cambodia’s satellite navigation and geospatial capabilities.

According to Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP), the grant agreement was signed at the MoEF in Phnom Penh by H.E. Ros Seilava, Secretary of State of MEF, representing the Royal Government of Cambodia, and Mr. Sanui Kazumasa, Chief Representative of JICA Cambodia Office. The project aims to establish a total of 94 CORS networks and a data center to manage them, significantly enhancing Cambodia’s geospatial information infrastructure.

The CORS network is designed to receive highly accurate positioning data from the Global Navigation Satellite System and distribute this data to users. This technological advancement is expected to strengthen administrative services in areas such as land registration and land transactions. Furthermore, it will facilitate the digitization process in the field of geospatial information, a critical component for modern infrastructure and urban planning.

In addition to this Grant Aid Project, JICA has been actively involved in capacity building within the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning, and Construction (MLMUPC) of Cambodia since 2021 through a Technical Cooperation Project. This project encompasses the establishment of 5 sets of CORS and a Data Centre in a pilot area, the enhancement of their operation and maintenance, and the promotion of their utilization.

The combination of the Grant Aid Project and the Technical Cooperation Project represents a comprehensive effort by JICA to support the widespread use of CORS technology in Cambodia. This collaboration is a testament to the strengthening relationship between Cambodia and Japan in the field of technology and development, and it is anticipated to have significant positive impacts on Cambodia’s developmental trajectory.